By Lisa Redmond
AYER — An 18-year-old North Middlesex Regional High School senior is being held without bail after being accused of wearing a mask and using a gun to threaten and then beat a boy, robbing him of $1.
In Ayer District Court yesterday, Hayden Collins was ordered held pending a dangerousness hearing after pleading not guilty to charges of masked armed robbery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
A dangerousness hearing is scheduled for Feb. 29.
Prosecutor Allison Brown alleges that the victim, a juvenile, told police that on Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning, he was waiting with a friend for another friend on the Nashua River Rail Trail when two people wearing white masks approached them.
One man put a black gun, what turned out to be an air pistol, to the victim’s head and demanded money, Brown said.
The victim was kicked about the head and was in possession of $1.
Collins turned himself in to police confessing that he had been planning the robbery for a week, Brown alleges.
After the robbery, Collins allegedly told police he dumped the mask, gun and sweatshirts he and his accomplice were wearing in some nearby woods.
When police went to the area, they recovered several sweatshirts.
In arguing that Collins should be released, defense attorney Gregory Oberhauser said Collins is a high-school senior who works as a car detailer and has a minimal record.
Oberhauser noted that Collins turned himself in and takes responsibility for some of the allegations.
In holding Collins without bail, Judge David Cunis noted that while Collins he turned himself in, “it concerns me that he planned this for a week and this is a serious robbery.”
While the weapon was an air gun, Cunis said, “I’m sure the victim didn’t know that.”